In Chlorine Gardens, Keiler Roberts mixes hilarious moments in life with feelings of pure anxiety and sadness. Every story is told with the same matter-of-fact deadpan delivery, which illustrates life perfectly. A skillful navigation between joy and tragedy without warning of what comes next.
Keiler meditates on the small joy of her family’s unique interests in their favorite things, and then she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Keiler has a lot of funny questions about the institutional structure of the beloved Korean spa, King Spa, and she visits her grandfather on his deathbed.
Even within these stories —each of which could be given a label of happy or sad— we fluctuate between laughing and worrying.